*Amazingly, it is interesting, that 1 Corinthians 1:10 has been twisted to commit the fatal action of not voting or by writing in silly names on the ballot.
1 Corinthians 1:10 says, I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. Time to dispel the amazing myth of not voting based on 1 Corinthians 1:10.
Paul was talking to brothers and sisters who had fallen into serious problems of disunity, sexual immorality, confusion over church discipline, and other matters involving worship and holy living.
The church was divided over leadership. Some followed the teachings of Paul, others favored Cephas and some preferred Apollos. Paul urged the Corinthians to focus on Christ and not his messengers. Believers were divided on practices not expressly forbidden in Scripture, such as eating meat that had been sacrificed to idols, ignoring blatant sin among its members, misunderstandings about the bodily resurrection of Jesus, the future resurrection of his followers, disorder in worship and misuse of spiritual gifts. None of this had anything to do with voting.
Some of the new believers believed Jesus was not risen from the dead. True, we are not clones, yet there are basic foundations we should all be united in mind and thought on/about. Jesus, was born by a virgin, died on a cross for my sins, overcame the grave three days later and is alive and active today. Sin no longer has power over us. Not to do good (vote) when you have it within you to do good (vote) is sin at the polls. As Christians we ought to be a people who seek peace; who pursue peace; who love harmony. And who abhor division! We have been called to do something about unemployment, corrupt politicians, broken systems and the voice of the voiceless. Nonvoting people violate Luke 19:13 which says occupy until I return. Nonvoting people champion the woes of society. Proverbs 29:2 When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man rules, the people groan.
1 Corinthians 1:10 does not tell us not to vote. That is an amazing voting myth. Deut. 1:13 supports voting. Choose for your tribes wise, understanding, and experienced men, and I will appoint them as your heads.’ Jesus said, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” (Mark 12:17). Our Caesar is this republic; the United States of America. We are the tribe! A land where people have died, stood in lines for hours and fought on foreign territory for the right to vote. The United States of America is owned by God. Check out the lyrics of Matthew West’s song, Do Something
I woke up this morning
Saw a world full of trouble now, thought
How’d we ever get so far down, and
How’s it ever gonna turn around
So I turned my eyes to Heaven
I thought, “God, why don’t You do something?”
Well, I just couldn’t bear the thought of
People living in poverty
Children sold into slavery
The thought disgusted me
So, I shook my fist at Heaven
Said, “God, why don’t You do something?”
He said, “I did, yeah, I created you”
How do we occupy, protect and serve when there’s no players in the game and we don’t support godly soldiers on the battlefield? The Lord said, I was looking for a man to build up the wall. Time we reclaim what is ours. As His change agents, Vote!
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